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One dead, three hurt in collision; DUI suspected

One person was killed and three others injured in a two-vehicle collision late Thursday on Auberry Road north of Clovis, California Highway Patrol officers reported Friday.

Dead is Chou Her, 48, of Fresno, who was driving a 2003 Toyota when the crash happened shortly after 11 p.m. just north of Reno Avenue, officers said.

Officials said the other driver, Donna Pottorff, 53, of Clovis, who was admitted to Community Regional Medical Center with major injuries, is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol and was arrested at the scene.

Officers said Pottorff, driving a 2004 Ford, was heading north on Auberry when the vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and collided with the southbound Toyota.

Her's husband, Chatia Her, 50, suffered major injuries and another passenger in her vehicle, Sia Yang, 28, suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Community Regional.

Search for man resumes

The search for James Arthur, 67, a retired Air National Guard lieutenant colonel, will continue today in a rugged area of the Sierra National Forest in eastern Madera County.

Arthur failed to return Monday from an outing that he said would take him to Star Lakes east of Fish Camp.

Man killed in 1-car crash

An unidentified man was killed Thursday night in a solo vehicle accident in Madera County, the California Highway Patrol reported Friday.

Officers said the victim, driving a 1991 Saturn, was heading west on Avenue 6 just west of Road 24 about 8:30 p.m.when he lost control of the car, which crashed into a vineyard. The victim was not wearing a seat belt.

Divers search at lake

Divers will search again this morning for a person missing at Huntington Lake, the Fresno County Sheriff's Department said.

A search was launched Friday evening after a witness reported that a person who could not swim was believed to be in the water, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Relatives sought for man found dead in alley

The Fresno County Coroner's Office is seeking relatives of a man whose body was found July 26 in an alley near R and Mono streets in downtown Fresno.

The man, Rogelio Paramo Lopez, 54, is believed to have been living at one time at the Rescue Mission on G Street.

The cause of death had not been determined Friday.

Anyone with any information about next of kin is asked to contact the Coroner's Office at (559) 268-0109.

Stolen ice cream found

Alan Kiser, 43, was booked on suspicion of burglary and possession of stolen property Thursday after a gallon of stolen ice cream was found in his home by Fresno County sheriff's deputies serving a search warrant.

Sheriff's spokesman Chris Curtice said deputies went to the residence on the 20000 block of Veranda Avenue after witnesses reported seeing Kiser breaking into a garage on the 20000 block of Pueblo Avenue and removing a welder, which he dragged to his home. Also missing was the gallon of ice cream.

The welder was not recovered, but the ice cream was.

Trailer flips, snarling traffic on Highway 99

A trailer jackknifed and overturned on southbound Highway 99 near North Avenue on Friday night, causing a traffic snarl that extended back to Jensen Avenue.

A CHP spokesman said a Ford Explorer was towing a trailer when something went wrong with the trailer about 8:45 p.m. The trailer went up an embankment before flipping. No one was injured.


Blaze destroys mansion

A more than $1 million loss was reported in a fire late Thursday that destroyed a large, two-story, mansion-type house in southern Madera County near the San Joaquin River.

Officials said the fire appears to have started in a garage and spread to the attic.The fire was reported at 10:30 p.m.

The home, estimated at about 7,000 square feet, is at 14407 Killarney Drive near Road 204.


Fresno man arrested in alleged tax fraud

Fresno resident Jesse Pedro Hernandez Jr., 30, was arrested Friday after a federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment charging him with tax fraud. He faces the possibility of 44 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.

Authorities said Hernandez was a tax examining technician with the Internal Revenue Service in Fresno. In that position, authorities say, he helped other taxpayers obtain refunds they weren't entitled to by falsely claiming money had been withheld from rollover distributions on Individual Retirement Accounts.